This letter originally appeared in the Statesman Journal.
The Salem-Keizer School District is fortunate that Kathy Goss has decided to run for the open seat representing Zone 1.
I have known and worked with Kathy for nearly 25 years through business and many civic issues. She is hard working, dedicated and understands financial issues far better than many in the public sector.
Kathy was raised and schooled in Salem and was an educator, both in the classroom and as an administrator. Together with the district’s staff and other school board directors, Kathy will bring disciplined and creative alternatives to the table and help solve the problems facing the district, including diminishing resources.
I am not alone in recognizing that Oregon has become too enamored with form over substance. Our statewide leaders have chosen to ignore those pesky PERS-related shortfalls and are burdening succeeding generations with debts that are already beginning to choke basic services and education. It is time to face reality and start working our way out of the hole.
Kathy Goss is up to this task and will bring a fresh perspective to the school board. She is deserving of your vote and your support.